Korean Air will begin its Airbus A380 services with a flight between Seoul's Incheon Airport and Tokyo's Narita Airport on 1 June.

The same aircraft will then operate a flight from Seoul to Hong Kong on the same day after returning from Narita, says the SkyTeam alliance member.

KAL will expand A380 services to Bangkok once its second aircraft arrives. Flights to New York will have an A380 option from August once a third aircraft arrives, while KAL passengers can fly on the A380 to Los Angeles from October after a fourth aircraft arrives.

The carrier ordered 10 A380s, with the first five to be delivered by the end of 2011 and an additional five by 2014. It's A380s will have only 407 seats: 12 first class and 301 economy class seats on the first level, and the 94 business class "Prestige" seats on the upper deck.

"The introduction of the super jumbo aircraft is expected to increase passengers from China, Japan, and East Asia transferring to the US and Europe, accelerating Incheon International Airport's goal of becoming a global aviation hub," says the carrier.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news